An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy was grazed by a bullet after a gunman fired through his back windshield following a Sunday morning chase that led to a manhunt in the woods near the Amite River, authorities said.
The incident started when a deputy tried to make a traffic stop around 7 a.m. near Pecue Lane and Airline Highway after the man appeared to be falling asleep while driving, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
It led to a chase after the driver didn’t stop when deputies tried pulling him over, she said. Officials said the suspect traveled several miles before crashing his SUV near Kendalwood and Hoo Shoo Too roads.
The suspect ran into the woods with a rifle after he shot through the back windshield, with one of the shots grazing the deputy's leg.
He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Hicks said. No other deputies were hurt.
The roads the suspect was last seen running from officers are dead ends near the Amite River.
Authorities removed 10 residents living in the mostly rural area after evacuating their homes.
"We want to keep everybody safe," Hicks said.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter in the woods in the area while searching for the suspect for several hours. The search drew a large law enforcement response to the area, with many officers wearing armored vests and carrying rifles.
Louisiana State Police and law enforcement in neighboring parishes also deployed helicopters and search dogs, as well as boats to patrol the Amite River.
Officials haven’t released the suspect’s name as the continued searching for him Sunday morning.
This is a developing story. More details to come.